Portland General Electric Interview Questions

Updated Jun 16, 2015
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    Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Portland General Electric (Portland, OR) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I was called by a recruiter right away who gave me an on-the-spot phone screening. At the end of the 10 minute screening, the recruiter said she was confident that I would be coming in for an in person interview, but that I would hear back either way regardless of what they decided. I followed up and heard nothing. I checked in weeks later and still no response.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you currently do? Why do you want to work here? When could you start?   Answer Question
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    Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Portland General Electric.

    Interview

    3 in person interviews, some of the interviewers seemed to not know why they were present. I thought some of the questions pointed to higher level skills and management attributes, but since have come to realize that though they like the 'dazzle' of high performance concepts and knowledge, the company operates like a behemoth in sludge.

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    Negotiation

    negotiated with HR rep by email. Received slightly higher offer.

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    Electrical Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Portland General Electric (Portland, OR) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Applied over the internet, had a brief phone screen with HR to set up an in person interview. In person interview was fairly typical with most questions geared toward judging my technical capabilities and compatibility with the job.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time when you needed to resolve an issue while working in a group.   Answer Question
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    Customer Service Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Portland General Electric (Tualatin, OR) in February 2014.

    Interview

    PGE did a tandem interview process. I found it interesting, but unnerving at the same time. I honestly do not know if it effected the outcome of the decision to not hire me.

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    Customer Service Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Portland General Electric (Tualatin, OR) in August 2013.

    Interview

    PGE brought 4 groups of 5-20 people in for a temporary CSR position; we all were brought into an interviewing room for computer testing. We did typing tests, tested our computer knowledge, and then put on headphones and listened to examples of customer calls and chose responses on the computer about the best way to respond to the customer's question or problem. It wasn't stressful, but the interview did take about 2 hours. I heard the recruiter tell another interviewer that her ability to speak Spanish was a bonus. Seems like a fun, somewhat corporate work environment. I have known a few people that work there and they all said it was a great company to work for.

    Interview Questions

    • Most of the questions were fairly common sense if you have customer service experience - you want to calm the customer down, de-escalate the problem and make them have a good day. There weren't any difficult or unexpected questions.   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Portland General Electric.

    Interview

    The interview took place about three working days after the email telling me they were interested in meeting me. The two people who interviewed me were very friendly and made me feel comfortable. The interview questions were easy- How do you deal with complicated problems? What kind of work do you like and dislike? Where do you see myself in 5 or 10 years? Why PGE? A fair quiz on three phase power at end.

    Interview Questions

    • What did you do when someone critiqued your design and how did you react to it?   Answer Question
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    IT Service Desk Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Portland General Electric (Portland, OR) in June 2011.

    Interview

    Phone interview included questions about experience and a mock customer support call. In person interview included more of this plus detailed description of job and current/upcoming IT projects of relevance. Was given a tour at end of in-person interview.

    Interview Questions

    • There weren't any unexpected questions and none of the questions seemed particularly difficult.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiation to be done, very straight-forward contract position.

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    Key Customer Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Portland General Electric (Portland, OR) in May 2010.

    Interview

    The organization has a strong culture of respect and tries hard to live out its values. This shows in the interviews. The computer system does the initial screening. If you have the right education and experience "required", you may get to the interview stage. Do your best to know people in the company, research their website, and try to get introduced or recommended. Like in many organizations, it helps to know the right people whose word counts.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you think are the greatest challenges facing today's utilities.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Negotiate upfront and research the organization ahead of time. Do informational interviews as much as possible.

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    Voice Architect Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Portland General Electric (Portland, OR) in October 2009.

    Interview

    Blasted out to recruiters, only two candidates. 6 month contract which suited my requirements to a tee. However during the interview and post-interview offer process the scope and the duration of the contract increased without any increased offer in hourly rate. This and other items which surfaced during the interview were red flags as to viability of management.

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    Reasons for Declining

    Creeping scope of contract without solid definition of deliverables and no increased offer in hourly rate.

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